“Top-level political support will be needed for the new team to succeed as many incompetent deployed cadres should be fired and politically-connected corruption networks destroyed. Massive surgery will be needed to remove all the rot.
“The Department has yet to recover from the disastrous period under former Health MEC Brian Hlongwa where massive corruption occurred that has still not come to court after more than seven years of investigation‚” Bloom said.
He added that he was pleased at the inclusion of Professor Craig Househam on the intervention team as he could use lessons from the successful Western Cape Health Department which he headed previously.
“I am disappointed‚ however‚ that there are no private health professionals on this team which would have been valuable in importing private sector efficiencies.
“I agree with Makhura that both financial and managerial problems need to be tackled in the Department and I wish the team well in their sorely-needed task.”